Tag: Arts/Entertainment/Nightlife

The Codgers: Free Dinner Show

Saturday, February 17 / 5:30-7:30pm / $Free
The Codgers (Folk/Americana/Celtic)

The Codgers formed in southwest Detroit in 2006 and have since played at hole-in-the-wall Irish pubs, rock venues, dinner theatre, a senior citizen’s home, wedding parties, on boats on the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair, and probably on your street corner. Our claim to fame is sparking the first crowd-surfing incident at Mario’s restaurant in Detroit.

Cold As Life / The Worst Of / Eye Remain

Saturday, February 17 / 8pm doors, 9pm music
$12 advance, $15 day of

Cold As Life (Hardcore/Punk)
The Worst Of (Headbanging)
Eye Remain (Hardcore/Thrash)

Cold As Life resurrected from the ashes of Apathetic Degenerates & The Mattress Rats. The original lineup of Rawn, Roy, Jeff and Jay Way were joined by many different bassists. They recorded a series of demos which spawned the signature sound that would make them infamous in the world of hardcore. Cold As Life returns with Roy on drums, Jesse on vocals, Matt on guitar and Craig on bass.

“As Detroit’s resurgence makes international headlines, it’s convenient to forget what we’re resurging from: Decades of high unemployment, violent crime, abandoned homes, abandoned lives and a very low standard of living for a First World nation. In the late ’80s, with Detroit deeply mired in the aforementioned miasma, a band called Cold as Life emerged on Detroit’s west side. It all started when, at a small bungalow nearly identical to all the other small bungalows in the infamous Brightmoor neighborhood, a guy who went by the name Rawn Beuty (aka Rodney Barger) joined a punk band called the Mattress Rats.” [Detroit Metro Times]

The Worst Of: Heavy hitters from the great city of Detroit and all the attitude to back it. These boys embrace the darker side of a good time. After being through the ringer The Worst Of keeps the jams hard and abrasive with that nasty groove you dig.

The Worst Of is a tight knit group of close friends with over 1000 live performances under their belts combined in some form. The newest formation and group favorite came from the heart and the pit of what they are LOUD HARD and HEAVY.

For The Worst Of it is simple, find a groove and ride it. Hit hard while being original and pulling from the roots of hardcore and metal and sticking to what they love to play. Look out for The Worst Of… Live out loud!

Eye Remain: “moving forward without forgetting where you come from. Eye Remain.weve been around for about 7 yrs and played all over the state in this time. weve been through alot of members but were very happy with the current line up and where our sound and style is going.many things influence each one of us from early punk to current death metal,even some milder stuff. come to a show and see for yourself!” [from the band]

The Lucid Furs / BoneHawk / The Hazytones / esme

Friday, February 16 / 8pm doors, 9pm music / $7
The Lucid Furs (Detroit freak rock)
BoneHawk (Heavy rock)
The Hazytones (Stoner rock)
esme (Hard rock)

The Lucid Furs: Five bereaved souls here to wash your minds with their hard rock, psych and blues concoctions. To hold on to your morality, virtue and chastity DO NOT listen to The Lucid Furs!

BoneHawk plays heavy, fuzz soaked, rock ‘n’ roll music with a mind toward harmony and melody. Can you dig it?

The Hazytones is a group of stoner rock founded in 2015 in Montreal. The trio stuns the audience with his stage presence and intensity. Riff after riff, the group is known for his fat sound and heavy destructive saturation

esme: the seedling of esme was planted around 1999 when michael and charlie met while working together at a popular detroit lunch spot. they soon started playing music together in various outfits ranging stylistically from jazz/bossa nova, funk, improvised music, punk and some theater work. in the mid 2000’s michael’s bliss led him to san francisco where he lived for years honing his music and other artistic skills.

meanwhile, in detroit, charlie maintained a busy schedule of recording his own compositions, touring and playing in numerous bands. one of which, i, crime, is how he met anderson, a skilled writer and veteran of the lansing noise rock scene. in addition to playing in i,crime they formed a side project (one of a few) called TARE which took cues from mayhem, scratch acid and sonic youth.

eventually, micheal moved back to the detroit area and contacted charlie to catch up. he had some new material and wanted to do something heavy, if charlie was inclined to do some jamming. charlie, being the agreeable sort, was down to jam. once they’d gotten together charlie realized he knew just the guy to play bass and sing.

charlie immediately pitched the sapling project to anderson as i,crime had since taken an unofficial hiatus and TARE wasn’t doing much. personality wise, charlie figured michael and anderson would mesh well. when they all finally played together it sounded like a band. like a really good band. a really good, heavy band.

[Photo credit: Erick Buchholz]

Rooftop Love Club / The Philter / Warhorses / Krillin

Thursday, February 15 / 8pm doors, 9pm music / $7
Rooftop Love Club (Garage rock/Blues)
The Philter (Surf/Shoegaze/New wave)
Warhorses (Heavy trance rock)
Krillin (Indie garage/Surf)

Rooftop Love Club: Toronto garage blues duo, Rooftop Love Club, thicken their reverberant riff-rock with Jake’s fuzzed-out baritone guitar and Jacob’s versatile, swampy drums. Catchy hooks and vibrant colours pair a mod-pop sensibility with stadium-worthy raw, authentic rock. They are visceral and loud, to say the least.

The Philter: Their music is further defined by lush swells of ambient sound and dark, melancholy lyrical content.

“There’s nothing SoCal about this band. Rather, this is very much surf rock with a Detroit edge. If these guys are surfing, they’re riding their boards through waves of oil, gasoline and grit.”
– Brett Callwood, MetroTimes

“The band has elements of shoegaze, chillwave, and surf rock. It mostly pays homage to surf bands such as The Ventures and Dick Dale while at the same time being as catchy as the Raveonettes.”
– Detroit Blackout

Warhorses: Psychedelic, sludgy, hypnotic space rock from Detroit.

“……Warhorses are an incredibly impressive psychedelic rock band. They will no doubt continue to progress and push their genres boundaries; hopefully forcing it into the limelight and out of its relative obscurity. Keep an eyes and ears on this group, something tells me they can’t be stopped.” Logan Bailey – Listen to the Mitten 6/21/13

Krillin: A group of multidimensional extraterrestrials from the Underspace. Wanted for being a rogue wave of chaos across the cosmos. The chase is on…..

BAD LOVE: Katelyn’s Valentine-Free Cinematic Extravaganza

Wednesday, February 14 / 7pm / No cover

Are you perpetually single and ready to mingle? Dislike Hallmark holidays? Then come down to PJ’s Lager House on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, where film aficionado-in-residence Katelyn will be behind the bar, showing some of her favorite movies about bad love. No sentimental valentines, just a good time!

DRINK SPECIALS TBA!

**FILM LIST**

7pm HEATHERS (1988)
9pm IT FOLLOWS (2014)
11pm ERASERHEAD (1977)

Vegan Aphrodisiac Delights with the Grim Feeder (Pop-up kitchen)

Tuesday, February 13 / 6pm / No cover

The Grim Feeder is your 100% vegan pop-up in Detroit City providing a food service for both body and spirit. Join us in eternal health through vegan cuisine at one of our dining events.

Ah, the season for loving…

Please join us the day before Valentine’s day to celebrate life, love and sensuality with our very special aphrodisiac dinner service.

The Pentacle Path will also join us for all of your romantic divination needs. Tarot readings, love candles, bath bombs, melts and more will be available in the showroom for purchase. More details pending.

MENU

Starters:
Asparagus Roll Ups
Almond Stuffed Mushrooms (gf)

Mains:
Lover’s Lasagna
Pesto Erotico

Sweets:
Banana Cream Pie (gf)
Chocolate Covered Strawberries (gf)

100% plant-based, that means VEGAN so dig in! (gf)= gluten free options.

Sailor’s Mouth Yoga

Monday, February 12 / 8pm / $5

F*ck Mondays with Sailor’s Mouth Yoga at PJ’s Lager House in Detroit!

New Year, New f*ckin’ you, boo! You got a bad case of the ‘Mondays’? F*ck that! Let’s get bent!

You are invited to swear, drink, and do yoga to shake off the Mondays at PJ’s Lager House in Detroit. This 45-minute- ish class lead by your Swearing Yoga Coach, A-Bomb, will get you all stretched out while throwing down a serious string of naughty words. Hell, you might even learn some new ones while you are at it!

Dress to be comfortable (yoga pants/leggings totally encouraged), and bring your own yoga mat.

Please note — There is very limited space, so there is a high possibility of sell out.

Robert Bradley’s Musical Birthday Bash for Lovers

Sunday, February 11 / 7pm doors / $10

Come join us for another unforgettable Funky D Records party, celebrating the life of the great Robert Bradley! 🎂Robert will be performing with his all-star band, emcee Linda Lexy & a special opening act the Allen Dennard Quintet, which Linda calls, “Great young jazz players bringing that sweet Detroit flavor will make this party extra special!”

Robert Bradley was born in Alabama, gaining most of his musical experience by singing at The Alabama School for the Blind, playing acoustic guitar at coffeehouses, and piano in Baptist churches. Robert’smusic is always uplifting, transcending the borders of rock, blues, soul, and gospel. Later in life, street performing at Detroit’s Eastern Market, Robert honed his unique personal style. Incredibly, in 1995, through word of mouth and hard work, Robert acquired a record contract with RCA.

With the release of the his first major label album of blues-tinged rock, 1996’s ‘Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise’, compared favorably to the music of Otis Redding,  Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Marvin Gaye. Robert built a loyal following with a seriesof dates with Brian Setzer , Dave Matthews Band, and Sonic Youth. Driven by the video for “Once Upon a Time,” the group expanded its audience and released a second original album, Time to Discover, in 2000.

Robert Bradley did well on alternative radio and VH1, releasing a couple albums for RCA.His eccentric background and energetic live shows — almost gospel-like — gained him a sweet following leading to arena shows with Dave Matthews Band, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Widespread Panic, and Maceo Parker.

The next year Bradley starred as fictional bluesman Otis McClanahan in the HBO film Lackawanna Blues, also contributing to the soundtrack, and in 2006 the live two-disc set, ‘What About That: New Year’s Eve in Bloomington’ was released.

By 2005, the ride was over, and after a few Indie releases to critical acclaim, Robert seemed to be right back where he had started.

In 2006 Robert returned to Alabama, married a singer named Avyline, and spent the next 12 years playing piano in different Baptist churches, and working at a vending machine company for the State of Alabama, lifting and loading heavy cases of soda pop. Robert returned to Detroit in late 2016 to visit his family, and looking to see if there was still any interest in his music. Several people advised him to call Detroit producer Tino Gross.

‘My phone rang one evening and it was Robert Bradley’ said Tino. ‘He said he was interested in maybe getting together and doin’ some writing and possibly recording.’ I went and picked him up that night, and we wrote 5 songs, it was really clicking, like destiny.’

‘Down In The Bend’ (Funky D Records) produced and co-written by Tino Gross, is the result of this collaboration. Playing on the record is a ‘who’s WHO’ of Detroit’s finest musicians, including Don Was, Dave McMurray, Johnny ‘Bee’ Badanjek, Jeff Fowlkes, Jimmie Bones, Erik Gustafson, Avyline Bradley, Kymberli Wright, Bobby East, and more. The record reflects many sides of Robert Bradley’s artistry… we are very excited for you to take a listen.

Christian Burke (ethos): Free Dinner Show

Saturday, February 10 / 5:30-7:30pm / No cover
ethos (Brit-pop)

[From Detroit Metro Times, 2002]: Over rounds of Newcastle at the Garden Bowl at 3 in the afternoon, Burke speaks softly and eloquently about the band he’s fronted for the past decade. Although the group’s dreamy, blissed-out pop sound often draws comparisons to Britpop and the like, Burke insists the band defies labeling.

“We’re not mopey,” he emphasizes with a smile. “The whole Britpop thing comes up a lot. I don’t think it’s an honest reaction, but I understand it.”

Burke wrinkles his nose slightly when asked about comparisons to the Smiths. “Yeah, we get painted with that brush a lot,” he says. “But I think a lot of people don’t really get the Smiths. There’s a lot of very subtle humor to them, which I think a lot of people miss — but I’d say we share that same subtle humor.”

The musician doth protest too much. As much as the comparison makes Burke squirm, ethos does truly tip its hat to Morrissey’s school of the melodic and morose.

Much along the lines of the bitterly funny “Girlfriend in a Coma,” that subtle sense of humor comes into play in ethos’ “Gonna Die.” A sleepy, swirling ode to unrequited love, the song is punctuated by Burke’s falsetto voice, which laments, “I am writing songs for somebody new … someone who’s not you” — followed by an almost comical singsong chorus of “la la la la la la.”

With a cursory listen, it would be easy to brush the song off as a slice of sugary emo schmaltz — but it’s not. Burke’s not afraid to express yearning and heartache considered so characteristically unmasculine — and the end result is haunting.

“‘Gonna Die’ is a lovely song that I never thought people would like,” says Burke. “It’s a false drama. Sometimes just craving the attention of someone unattainable is what living is all about. It’s like the notion that the crush is superior to the actual conquest.”

Ethos is also equally adept at kicking the pace up a notch and churning out hook-riddled pop fare, like “Me & You” — a song where emotional gristle is stirred up with a slide guitar and keyboard-laden riffs, and could easily make Morrissey and Johnny Marr stand up and salute.

Johnny Spark & the Boys / The Pounders / Blackmail

Saturday, February 10 / 8pm doors, 9pm music / $7
Johnny Spark & the Boys (Rock)
The Pounders (Rock/Indie/Alternative)
Blackmail (Rock/Blues/Funk)

Johnny Spark & the Boys is a “High Energy Rock & Roll” band from Detroit with individual attitude and personality. Call it Pure Raw Energy, Funk, Punk, Tribal, Rock and Roll, or call it “Whatever” or just label it “Johnny Spark & the Boys.” If there was a way to describe Johnny Spark & the Boys in one word it would be “WOW.”

Johnny Spark & the Boys is a union of legendary Detroit Bands of the 80’s & 90’s including, Johnny Spark & the Boys, and Mirror Records recording artists the Projections, The Wall Clocks, Stark Road Fellas, and Arson Club. These bands have worked with signature Detroit groups including Toby Red, Model Citizen, Ray Gunn, the Master the late Johnny Angelos (Reputations & Torpedo’s) and national acts including the The Rockets, The Romantics, Frijid Pink, Detroit, Mitch Ryder, Kinsey Report, Sonic Rendezvous, and RATT

Past band records have been selling on E-Bay, as “a must have for collectors of high energy power pop/punk sound of the early 80’s” and “influential band of today’s Detroit sound.”

The Pounders: It’s all about songs, and The Pounders deliver music with a melody and a beat. Dick Coulson, John Christy, Michael Perantoni and Jim Amann lived through many musical incarnations, including record contracts with A&M and Polygram, before uniting as The Pounders. Together, they bring an unmistakable sound that can only be described as “The Pounders”.

The Pounders sound is both rhythmic and melodic, with powerful, hook-laden original songs. The Pounders are a musical experience, blending get-to-the-point song craft, rich harmonies and a tight rhythmic pulse.

Onstage, The Pounders display an amazing chemistry, that draws in the audience. If you’re interested in discovering some new music that’s fun to listen to, see The Pounders.

BLACKMAIL is a HARD ROCK band from Detroit with a funk infested, bluesy, soulful edge. Featuring the amazing frontman/vocalist Mayaasa, the atomic rockin bluesy guitar of Mike Brooks, the ultra heavy bottom of bassist Bygg El, & the thundering drums of Eric Childress ll, Blackmail combines influences from Van Halen, Prince, Living Colour , Lenny Kravitz , Metallica, JB & more into their own unique style. The band has been rocking the motor city with electrifying live shows for 10 years, received local & national press & airplay & have put out 3 cd’s, Ghetto Rock, The Hard Groove, & their latest, Sonic Rendezvous.